PhD Researcher in Psychology (ESRC +3)
School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol
Start date: September 2016
Research topic: The impact of anxiety and traumatic brain injury on emotion recognition
Facial expressions are an important source of information about other people’s state of mind/emotions (Neumann et al., 2014), however brain injury patients have been shown to suffer from deficits in facial affect recognition (Babbage et al., 2011). Furthermore, anxiety has been associated with facial affect recognition difficulties (Demenescu et al., 2010). Using the Bristol Emotion Recognition Task (BERT; http://www.cambridgecognition.com/tests/emotion-recognition-task-ert) my PhD investigates facial affect recognition following traumatic brain injury (TBI) and consider the impact other factors, e.g. anxiety, may be having on task performance. The aim is to further understanding about underlying causes of facial affect recognition difficulties after TBI.
Research supervisors: Professor Ian Penton-Voak , Dr Natalia Lawrence